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Gender Feminine
Scripts شهرزاد(Persian, Arabic)

Meaning & History

Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) "city" and آزاد (azad) "free". This is the name of the fictional storyteller in 'The 1001 Nights'. She tells a story to her husband the king every night for 1001 nights in order to delay her execution.
VariantsShahrzad(Persian) Shahrizad(Arabic)
Other Languages & CulturesScheherazade, Sheherazade(Literature) Şehrazad, Şehrazat(Turkish)

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The sultan and Shahrazad in a 1856 illustration by Sani-ol-Molk from One Thousand and One NightsThe sultan and Shahrazad in a 1856 illustration by Sani-ol-Molk from One Thousand and One Nights

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